Near Leesburg in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Round Mountain Iron Furnace
Put into blast by noted Southern ironmaster Moses Stroup in 1852, the Round Mountain Furnace was the fourth oldest blast furnace in Alabama. It was the first furnace to make use of red fossiliferous iron ore.
Driven by steam power, it was an important source of Confederate iron during the Civil War for the Noble Brothers Foundry in Rome, Georgia and the C.S. Naval Gun Foundry at Selma, Alabama. During the war it was leased by the firm of Daugdrill & Creigher.
Twice attacked by federal troops led by Col. Abel D. Steight in 1863 and Maj. Gen. Francis B. Blair in 1864, it was rebuilt and enlarged in 1874 and 1888. The plant was permanently closed in December, 1906.
The plant was sold to Samuel P.S. Marshall in 1855 and a few years later to J.M. Elliott. Badly damaged during the Civil War, it was rebuilt in 1874 and 1888 reaching peak production of 6,500 tons per year when much of its iron was used for railroad car wheels.
Erected 2011 by Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission.
Location. 34° 12.833′ N, 85° 41.317′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Alabama, in Cherokee County. Marker is on County Route 48 0.2 miles south of County Route 600, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar Bluff AL 35959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hatcher School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mose Hampton 1808-1885 (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Johnathan Pratt (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cherokee County Courthouse (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherokee County's Beginnings (approx. 4.3 miles away); Jordan Big Store (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cherokee County Historical Museum (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil
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